Student Vote provides youth under the voting age with an opportunity to experience the voting process firsthand and build the habits of active and engaged citizenship. The program is an excellent way to create a ‘teachable moment’ out of the official election.
Students learned about government and the electoral process, and researched the issues, parties and candidates through classroom learning, campaign activities, media consumption and family dialogue. On Student Vote Day, students took on the roles of election officers and coordinated a vote for the election candidates running in their school’s electoral district. The results are reported to CIVIX confidentially and shared publicly following the close of the official polls.
Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 43 Student Vote programs at various levels of elections. In the 2015 federal election, 922,358 students from 6,662 schools voted for the federal candidates running in their local riding (including nearly 10,000 Newfoundland and Labrador students from 95 schools).
The Student Vote program is conducted in partnership with the Government of Canada and will be offered to all schools at no cost. Participating schools will receive activity guides, campaign posters, ballots and ballot boxes.